Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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On a hot summer's day, one of the best things to do in Palm Springs is to take a ride from the dry desert floor with the Aerial Tramway, 5,873 feet up into the cool climate of the San Jacinto Mountains. Come and ascend into a pristine wilderness aboard the world's largest rotating tramcars! Truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California!
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The world's largest rotating tramcars carry visitors from an elevation of 2,643 feet to a Mountain Station located at the 8,516-foot level of Mt San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. It has the steepest vertical cable rise in the U.S. and the second steepest in the world. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California.

What is remarkable about the ride, aside from the breathtaking views of the valley, is the change in temperature. At the bottom of the tram route, the temperature on the desert floor can reach 120 degrees. Rising up through mountain canyons and chimneys, you arrive in an arctic-alpine forest with giant Ponderosa pines. The thrilling vertical ascent gives you views of the Chino Canyon and the San Jacinto Mountains from the front of the car, while the Sonoran Desert is splayed out below from the rear of the car. Look to the top of Chino Canyon, snap a few photos, then look behind and below as you move from one ecological zone to another.

At the Mountain Station, you can walk from the car into the large, 3-story facility which has a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shop and observation decks. The station theater features "Building on a Dream", an 18-minute film on the history of the history and construction of the Tramway. At the top you can also explore the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, which has 54 miles of hiking trails, rustic campgrounds, and granite outcroppings providing clear views of the cities below.

During the winter months “mid-November to mid-April” you can strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and head into the packed powder of a winter wonderland at the Top of the Tram. There are so many ways to enjoy the snow in the San Jacinto Mountains but snowshoeing is perhaps the most exhilarating family adventure. The Tramway’s Adventure Center (snow conditions permitting) is open for snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals.

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Inclusions for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

  • Round-trip tram ride
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Exclusions for Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Parking ($5 per vehicle)
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

There is parking in 13 paved lots near Valley Station. There is free shuttle service from parking lots to Valley Station entrance available weekends and holiday periods

The Tramway is subject to delays and periodic shutdowns due to unforeseen circumstances and is not responsible for ticket refunds or the inability to redeem a voucher

Tramway cars hold 80 people each and there are no seats. Passengers remain standing throughout the journey up the mountain

Distance is approximately 12,800 feet, with a vertical ascent of 5,873 feet - 15 minutes travel time one way

The tramway is known as a double reversible type of aerial tramway. Each car remains on one pair of track cables moving up and down without turning around. Each car serves as a counter balance to the other, the descending car is helping pull the ascending car up the mountain

Wheelchair accessible

Strollers are permitted on this tour

During holiday periods, you may experience long lines. We recommend you travel outside of these peak times to fully enjoy everything the tramway and mountain have to offer.

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Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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211 reviews by the users

  • Beautiful views on the tramway.

  • This is a very enjoyable tour, we highly recommend it. The views are spectacular, and even though it was a very hot day, temperatures at the top are 30 degrees cooler. We plan to go again and enjoy the hiking trails that are available. It's a wonderful way to get to the top of what otherwise would have been a very steep climb!

  • Hands down, this was my family's favorite activity during our trip to Rancho Mirage. The views were spectacular, the temperature at the top was a welcome change from the July heat, the hiking trails were well maintained, and the price was reasonable. This is an experience that shouldn't be missed!

  • The tour was amazing! Everything I hoped for and more.

  • What an experience. Unbelievable. IT was awesome!!!!

  • Fantastic experience. Went in early May and the difference in temperature and weather from the desert floor of Palm Springs to the top of the San Jacinto Mountains was unbelievable. Come prepared to hike the Desert View Trail for breathtaking views. Definitely worth the money.

  • This was great. Cheap prize. Nice view and about 10 degrees chillier at the top of the mountain.

  • It is a good way to see the aerial view of Palm Springs. It is also an excellent way to get out of the heat if you go in summer! Go early in the day though because it gets crowded at the day progresses.

  • Great tour!! Definitely needs to be done when in the area!!! Personally, I feel it doesn't matter whether you buy the tickets through viator or in person over there since you cannot reserve a specific time slot!! The price is the same and you still have to stand in line once over there to get actual tickets!!! But, a must do no matter how one does it.

  • Great Trip! Fell a little light headed at the top probably due to the change in elevation. Nice and pristine park.

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